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Sydney - Mission Impossible.
Sydney - Mission Impossible.
Sydney - Matrix.
Brian Brown - Dirty Deeds.

Aussie Locations

Thursday, May 16, 2002
As Brendon stays local, he checks out locations from Mad Max to Mission Impossible.

Over the past few years Australia has really come into its own in the highly lucrative film industry. Actors, directors, camera operators, wardrobe and set designers, make-up artists and locations are involved in revenue-generating local and international productions.

Bare Island is part of the Botany Bay National Park in Sydney and was featured in Mission: Impossible II, the movie in which Tom Cruise, Thandie Newton and Dougray Scott took to the streets of Sydney in a flurry of killer viruses and secret agents.

Botany Bay National Park spans the headlands at the entrance to the bay, the southern section of which includes Captain Cook's landing place at Kurnell Peninsula.

ours of Bare Island Fort are held on weekends. On the last Saturday of each month, a twilight tour of the old barracks and tunnels by lantern-light starts at sunset.

Keanu Reeves and crew became an almost familiar sight on Sydney's streets during the filming of The Matrix. Martin Place was a location, as was the grand old standstone building which served for many years as Sydney's General Post Office. It is now the five-star Westin Hotel.

The city skyline was used throughout the film and fans will remember the scene with Cypher the traitor and local actor Hugo Weaving planning a defection. That was filmed in one of Sydney's best restaurants, Forty One, in the Chifley Tower.

Mel Gibson played Fletcher Christian to Anthony Hopkins' Captain Bligh in the 1984 re-make of The Bounty. Playing other crew members were Laurence Olivier, Edward Fox, Daniel Day-Lewis and Liam Neeson, reading like a who's who of British actors.

A replica of the ship was built for the filming of the historic story of mutiny on the high seas, and after a current maintenance program will be back in Sydney Harbour on September 30 for public cruises.

Writer and director David Caesar has been involved in an extraordinary number of productions —Bad Cop, Bad Cop, Mullet, Stingers, All Saints, Halifax f.p., Wildside, Twisted Tales, Idiot Box, Water Rats, The Feds, Greenkeeping and Body Works.

His fans will be waiting for the July 2002 release of his latest film, Dirty Deeds. It stars Bryan Brown, Toni Collette, Sam Neill and John Goodman.

Set in the 1960s, the story is about an Australian gangster whose business booms with the influx of American servicemen in town for R & R from war in Vietnam. There are illegal casinos, poker machines and dubious girls, and the Chicago Mafia arrives wanting a part of the action.

Part of Dirty Deeds was filmed in Waverley Cemetery, which has occupied one of Sydney's prime pieces of land for more than 120 years. It is open from sunrise to sunset and has superb views across the ocean. It is the resting place of poets Henry Lawson and Dorothea Mackellar and Australia's first female Olympic gold medallist, Fanny Durack.

Dirty Deeds - the movie: check it out!

Twilight tours take place between May and October, concentrating on the history of the cemetery, and are in no way ghoulish.

Location

On location in New South Wales.

Cost

Bare Island tours start at $7.70 for adults, $5.50 for children and $22 for families.
Westin Hotel rooms start at $225 per night.
Forty One Restaurant has three-course meals starting at $75 per person.
Bounty Cruises start from $55 and will be operating from September 30, 2002.
Waverley Cemetery Twilight Tours are $17.50 per person. Bookings are essential.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Bare Island
La Perouse Visitor Centre
Anzac Parade, La Perouse 2036
Ph: (02) 9311 3379 Fax: (02) 9661 6787
www.npws.nsw.gov.au
Westin Hotel
1 Martin Place, Sydney 2000
Ph: (02) 8223 1111 Fax: (02) 8223 1222
www.westin.com.au
Forty One Restaurant
2 Chifley Square, Sydney 2000
Ph: (02) 9221 2500 Fax: (02) 9221 5243
Bounty Cruises
Campbells Cove, The Rocks 2001
Ph: (02) 9247 1789 Fax: (02) 9251 1789
www.thebounty.com
Waverley Cemetery
St Thomas Street, Bronte 2024
Ph: (02) 9665 4938 Fax: (02) 9665 4785
www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/cemetery

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